The University acknowledges and accepts its responsibility for protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects, and acknowledges that it bears full responsibility for the performance of all research involving human subjects and for complying with laws and regulations that relate to such research.
It therefore set up a University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) which has drawn up a set of Guidelines approved by Senate which regulate research on human subjects. Members of the University, whether staff or students, doing research on human subjects are expected to ensure that the rights and dignity of their subjects are respected, that they are only exposed to minimal risk if at all, and that any procedure is performed only after their subjects’ informed consent has been obtained. Further safeguards are in place in the case of vulnerable research subjects, including children.
UREC is made up experts in different areas of research, and reaches its decisions after considering the recommendations of the respective Faculty Research Ethics Committee which first examine the research proposals.
UREC has established good contacts with similar committees and institutions in the local research field, like the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office, the Animal Welfare Council, and the Health Ethics Committee.
Basic information on research ethics at University [PDF]
20 October 2014